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Who is Pete Kelzenberg

Depends who you ask:

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Sara Kelzenberg - "He is my husband of 24 years. I left him alone for 5 minutes, now he is on the school board!"


Katie and Henry Kelzenberg - "He is my Dad" "I get my sense of humor from him...otherwise, I think I will be be Okay"

Elementary school staff - "He was a welcome volunteer in classrooms and activities, and served on the PTA.  Kids liked him and looked up to him."

Middle school staff - "He chaired our PTA and volunteered for many of our activities."

High School staff  - "He served on our Building leadership team and a number of our committees" He is the parent of two graduates. He was our liaison to the parent rep committee." 

Administrative staff - "We have called on him numerous times to participate on different committees (Calendar, Boundary, Parent Rep, Web site, Long Range Planning, Community Design Team and more."

Elementary bus riders - "He was our substitute driver.  We call him Pete the Cat. When is he coming back and can he be our permanent driver? " 

Middle School bus riders - "Ya, he's alright"

High school bus riders - "That's Henry's/Katie's Dad, I think.  I don't know.  I was on my phone. "

Special needs bus riders - 'He is nice to us"

Coaches and players - "He got us there on time and was our biggest fan. 

Teachers and chaperones - "He got us there and joined us on the field trip. Glad to have him participate with us. " 

Dwayne Johnson (Hollywood) - He is the father of my best friend, "Katie Kelzenberg."  "Unfortunately, I was unable to go to the Prom with her"   

Lions club members - "He is a past president of the Afton Bayport Lakeland club and a recent District Governor, representing our 3 county area to the International organization."

Realtor colleague - "He is a tough negotiator, yet honest and fair. He represents his clients well."

Voter in District 834 - " I met him at ____, I agree with him that we needed to make some changes and now need to continue keeping us high on the list of best districts in Minnesota. I will vote for him on November 8, 2022 and encourage others to do the same. 

Disclaimer.  Unlike my daughter, Dwayne Johnson, does not know me from Adam.  Check it out:  

Why am I running
for reelection? 

The Stillwater Area Public School district has a long history standing out as one of the best in our state.   I am proud of our tradition of excellence in academics, sports, fine arts and more.   My current term is for one year as it was to fill in the remainder of a vacancy. As a board member, I want to continue supporting our winning ways. 


I have spent 20 years as a parent in our great school district.   I am happy with all that our school system could and has done for my kids.   Knowing how formative these years are for ages 0-21, I understand the importance of doing it right.   It worked for my family. I want to see it work the same for our current and future students.                                      


Previously I worked full time in Community Education (pools) for another large district.  I bring from that the knowledge that our schools exist for more than our students.  The facilities and support are there.  Our taxes pay for them.  I want to continue to promote the efficient use of this infrastructure, for the benefit of all who reside here. 

We have other private, charter, faith based, and home schools within our borders.  They are not managed by District 834, but do share some services.  I want their input and wish for their success as well.

My kids have graduated.  Serving on the school board is a continuation of my involvement.  I consider it an honor to represent the residents of District 834 now and for the next 4 years.

Why you should vote for
Pete Kelzenberg

For the reasons stated above, I am sincere in my desire to keep the Stillwater School District in the excellent place that it is. 


The timing of my kids graduation from the Stillwater system, coincided with recklessness and a poor agenda by a previous board majority.  We are well on our way toward fixing that damage. We now have a mostly unified board trying to do what is right and best for the entire district.  I believe I am a good contributor to this non-partisan entity with a mutual goal of excellence. 

Your vote for Pete Kelzenberg, is a vote to keep us moving in the proper direction. 

It is an honor to represent the residents of District 834. 


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